Coronavirus Update

Dear Friends

We have had confirmation this morning from the NHS that we can run our community events until the end of this week. I would like to thank the Village Halls, who we book with in both East and West Sussex for staying in touch and keeping their facility available for us to use. This will enable us to speak with our families and share with them our plan for keeping in touch during this stressful time. It is important that people know that Know Dementia are not walking away from them and that we are here to chat. We will be contacting people on a regular basis to see how they are, supporting people who live alone as best we can and hopefully arranging events through social media. Sadly only one centre provider has just told us by phone that they are closing everything down as from now and we hoped they would have discussed this with us first as we have been using their facility in West Sussex for a good number of years.

Please watch this space and our web page for further events. Don’t forget we are only postponing what we do for now and we hope to celebrate with everyone as we reopen later on in the year.

The team from Know Dementia wish everyone well and look forward to chatting again soon and meeting all our friends at a later date.

All the very best
Jennie Morrison-Cowan

Coronvirus Update

Dear Friends. We are awaiting advice from the NHS with regard to our community events ie Memory Moments Cafes, Musical Moments Choirs and Sporting Moments in both East and West Sussex. We have put in place hand sanitisers, anti bacterial wipes and tissues at these events however, as they are community based, we are taking advice with regard to their continuance. We hope to be able to update you by early next week. We realise that these events support you as families and can only recommend that you stay in touch by email should you have any worries or concerns and we will do our best to respond. Many of you will have made friends at these events and the best way to keep in touch is either by phone or email. Please keep safe and I will post as soon as I receive further information. Jennie Morrison-Cowan, Trustee, Know Dementia

Spring Spectacular Postponed.


Sadly we have had to cancel the event on Sunday15th March, having taken advice, and taking into account that WHO have now announced a worldwide pandemic.  We have also had a number of our clients withdraw from the event due to their concerns re the Coronovirus (Covid-19).  As it is such a fast spreading virus we wish to ensure that everyone is kept as safe as possible.

After so much hard work by our management, volunteers and entertainers in preparing for the event it has been a very difficult decision to make however we plan to rearrange the event for a future date and it may well be in the Autumn with the hope that the everything is back to normal by then.

We hope you will be able to attend the new date once we have some idea when to plan for.  All our caterers, transport etc have been paid for from the grant funded by The House Project in Peacehaven and we thank them for their support.

We would also like to thank you for your support and should you wish to claim back your ticket money please let us know otherwise please hold on to your tickets and we look forward to seeing you in the Autumn.

We hope you have a safe few months.

Kind regards

Jennie Morrison-Cowan

Know Dementia

Southwater Community Support for Sporting Moments!

We’ve had wonderful support from the Kenagi Martial Arts Group in Southwater who raised in total £305 for our Sporting Moments session in Southwater. They held a seated martial arts fundraising event with drinks donated by the local Co-op store and cakes from the Little Tea Shop in Southwater. Brian, Sam & Jackie from the group popped in on Monday to see what we do at Sporting moments, along with Catherine from the Co-op. It was a fun session with an extra martial arts activity taking place, led by Sensei Brian! Thank you so much to the Kenagi Martial Arts Group, the Southwater Co-op store and the Little Tea Shop.

Memory Moments Cafe Coordinators Required

Know Dementia is looking for two Cafe Co-ordinators. The cafes provide the opportunity for a person diagnosed with dementia and their family member to attend a cafe in their local area once a week. The Co-ordinator is responsible for running the cafe with support from volunteers. Each session varies so that people have the opportunity to become part of their own community through stimulating activities such as singing, music, art, pet therapy, craft activities, drum circles, movement and reminiscence. We are looking for two enthusiastic people able to run planned activities as well as support the external musicians etc that attend the cafes on an occasional bais. The two vacancies will cover the following areas however there will be a requirement to provide cover when other members of staff are on holiday.

Vacancy 1 – Memory Moments Cafes are in: Buxted every Tuesday morning, Ticehurst every Wednesday morning and Crowborough every Friday afternoon – a total of 15 hours per week

Vacancy 2 – Memory Moments Cafes are in: Uckfield every Monday afternoon, Newick every Tuesday afternoon and Ringmer every Thursday morning – a total of 15 hours per week

We are looking for a positive, responsive and organised person to join our team reporting to our Senior Co-ordinator. Candidates should have experience of working with people with a dementia, providing support for families, managing groups and arranging planned activities. Please send your CV for the attention of the CEO. Close date for applications is 19th December 2019 and interviews will be held in Uckfield on Monday 6 January 2020.

Happy 90th Birthday Morris!

Know Dementia would like to say a huge thank you to Morris, his family and friends for the wonderful donation of £100 collected at Morris’s 90th birthday celebration. Here is Morris at our Sporting Moments session last year on the rowing machine. Well done Morris!


Horsham Community Lottery News

One of our volunteers, Mr D from Southwater, won £25 in the Community Lottery on Saturday. Maybe £25,000 next time! Thank you to all our supporters and good luck for this Saturday’s draw.

Community Matters Success!

We received a cheque yesterday for £681 from the Storrington branch of Waitrose. Customers supported Know Dementia by placing a token in the Community Matters box at the store and we did very well indeed. Thank you Waitrose and all your customers who supported us.

Fantastic Session at Hurst Cafe

Fantastic session with Rosaria from Three Score Dance Company at our Hurst Cafe yesterday. We were also lucky to have a cheque for £328 presented to us by Chrissie and Becky from Freeman Brothers in the village. Chrissie and Becky gave out ice creams for a donation to Know Dementia at the Hurst Festival and the lovely people of Hurst were very generous with their donations. Thank you so much to everyone. The money will be used to support the Hurst Cafe.